Clemson's Dabo Swinney Responds to Recent Criticism Over COVID-19 Comments

Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney
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Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney hasn't had a good go of things lately. Not too long after his team's loss in the National Championship Game against the LSU Tigers, Swinney has caught criticism for his actions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite suggestions against travel while the United States now has the most COVID-19 cases in the entire world, Swinney flew to Florida on a private plane for vacation. That wasn't received well, but Swinney doesn't really care. He appeared on Off Campus with Mark Packer via SiriusXM earlier this week and responded to the outrage.

The head coach said he "wasn't surprised" by the criticism because it comes with the high-profile job. Except, this doesn't have to do with football? It has to do with suggestions from medical experts. Swinney then added, "I could say the sky is blue and somebody would be as mad as anything."

Not quite the same thing? But what do we know?

He also said he chooses faith over fear in times like these. Again, not really applicable to what he did, but we appreciate the sentiment.

On top of this, he's been vocal about his belief that the college football season will start on time. Call it optimism, faith, positive energy, whatever -- but Swinney doesn't know as much as the next person, so when people are issuing rebuttals to this, it's not like they're finding a reason to be displeased with him -- it's just the fact nobody really knows what's going to happen.

"If somebody wants to blast me because I believe that things are going to turn around, then that's fine ... If you are not a person of faith it is hard to relate to and I understand that, but it doesn't matter what I say," Swinney said.

Most of us can understand where Swinney is coming from, but once again, this has nothing to do with faith; it's science. Be positive all you want and seek out that faith at your leisure, but that's not going to change what's happening across the world. Everybody needs to work together and abide by the safety protocols if we want the college football season to start on time.

It's not just going to "happen" because we "believe" it to be the case.